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Tips for Getting Through Shedding Season

Autumn is officially upon us! As the weather cools and the leaves start to turn, many of us will be digging our winter clothes out of storage, and putting away our summer things. As you may have noticed, our furry friends are also going through a bit of a wardrobe change. Fall is a peak shedding times for dogs and cats. Read on for some great tips on surviving shedding season from a local Happy Valley, OR veterinarian.

Brushing

Brushing your pet daily is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of fur you find stuck to your couch and clothing. If you trap that dead hair in a brush, you’ll be able to catch it before it goes everywhere. If you have a dog, take him outside for his grooming sessions on nice days, so the fur will just blow away.

Slip Covers

Even if you don’t want to use slipcovers all year, they can definitely come in handy during peak shedding times. Look for washable ones that are easy to get on and off.

Pet Beds

Give your pet’s bedding a good washing. Use unscented detergent, and the hottest dryer cycle that you have.

Vacuum

Vacuuming daily will help get fur and dander out of your carpets. Do high-traffic areas and your pet’s favorite lounging spots daily, and vacuum thoroughly about once a week.

Fur Busting

Do you sometimes suspect that your pet thinks your clothes just look better with a little fur on them? One way to quickly get fur off a piece of clothing is to toss it into the dryer with a damp washcloth for just a few minutes. We also recommend keeping a few lint rollers on hand. To get fur off your upholstery, use a damp washcloth, rubber dish gloves, or a squeegee.

Material

When picking your clothes out, choose materials that don’t attract fur. Denim is a good choice. Polyester and nylon blends are also great options, as are loose-weave wool or acrylic knits.

Food

A good, nutritious diet will help keep your pet’s coat looking smooth and shiny, and will also reduce the amount of fur he or she sheds. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations, including supplements.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, today. We’re happy to help!

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